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Millstream Back Road Stout - Millstream Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

279 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Millstream Brewing Company visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jt31914 on 06-19-2010

The 'oatmeal' in the name is due the 5% oatmeal in the the grist of this brew. Oats give beer a real thick mouthfeel, something definitely desirable in a stout! Black malt and roasted barley give the beer its color, and coffee-like flavors. If you like thick full-bodied & smooth stout, this beer is for you!

22 IBU
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Photo of ChicagoNick
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LukeGude
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of gmfessen
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is almost black on the pour and appears nothing but in the glass and has a one finger- effervescent head that quickly dies down to just a thin layer around the edge of the glass. The smell is what you might expect from an oatmeal stout, roasted barley, coffee and chocolate, maybe a hint of vanilla. The taste is well balanced, with the slight sweetness of chocolate malt being countered with an unexpected bitterness. Roasted notes are quite prominent and there is a slight oxidation present which hurts the taste score. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and the carbonation is more aggressive than creamy. A pretty decent stout overall, not the best but I've definitely had worse.

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 1/24/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a very dark brown/almost black in color with just a thing beige head seen. Spotty lacing is seen with each sip. The aroma is of dark roasted malts, black coffee with a hint of chocolate. The taste is actually even better with the roasted malts/coffee coming right though that ends with a slight chocolate finish. No bitter or harsh finish on this one! Goes down very easy and is very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of wellsnb
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout was poured into a glass stein

Appearance- The vigorous pour produced a crazy four-finger head that is milk chocolate in color. It has great retention and leaves long tendrils of lace down the side of the glass. The body is a very dark brown that is opaque with no highlights.

Smell- There is a little bit of roasted malt, milk chocolate, and some anise. Wow.

Taste- The roasted malt leaves a large impression that slowly presents some slight hop bitterness and chocolate. The finish is a toss-up with slight bitterness, roast, and some dark fruit.

Mouth feel- This beer is lighter for a stout, but still medium bodied at the least. It is a little too carbonated as well. It doesn't mean this one is anything less than a pleasure to sip on.

Overall- This is a solid stout in all categories. The biggest draw back is the mouth feel that doesn't quite get it done. And it was a little bit of a let down that the complexity of the nose doesn't translate as well to the palate.

Photo of Mojo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of TheDeuce
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Millstream Back Road Stout… on tap at Millstream Brewhaus in the Eastern Iowa Airport.

Appearance-a dark black color on the initial pour, a creamy one finger head rises and falls quickly leaving behind a mess of crackling bubbles and intense carbonation.

Smell-light wafts of coffee and chocolate, alcohol burn
mixed with crusted bread mash, pungent but not overpowering

Taste/Mouthfeel-tastes of roasted malt and bread mixed with the alcohol, viscous mouthfeel that is chewy. Malt dominates throughout with hops only making a mild appearance, sweet flavors do penetrate and the final flavor on the tongue is one of chocolate malt. Flavors are strong and they work, one of the few stouts I’ve had that is light enough to be refreshing as well.

Overall-nice representation of the style and well done. This was one I’d drink again, recommended.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DemoniChris
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mdwalsh
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bottle to enjoy on what will hopefully be the last day that is remotely wintery.

A: Pours dark brown, extremely dark, though not entirely black in the glass. A nice two finger head with a lot of bubble variation and texture. This beer could use a little more active carbonation/richness to the head formation, it's fading fast.

S: Chocolatey, cooked grain dominate the smell...maybe something like chocolate malt-o-meal? It's more than a little grainy, but toast, coffee, chocolate and smoke make a little appearance as well.

T: Not as astringent as many Oatmeal stouts, and while I like it, I feel that's a little off style. Or perhaps a new direction for the style? This almost borders (in taste) on an Oatmeal Porter because of that though. In general, the taste is not as strong as the aroma, in fact I would say the aroma is far more dominant. The more I drink, the more bitterness comes out though, and it's nice and good.

M: Could be slightly creamier and smoother, but good overall, not at all too thin.

D: This is just a good beer, and I'm quite happy with that.

Photo of climax
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to pour pretty much right down the center to get a few seconds worth of dark tan/almost orange head. Color was about the same as the bottle.

Nose was very full of brown sugar. Other hints included chocolate, coffee, overripe fruits and a metallic/glassy twang.

Flavor is good, better than the smell. Dark sugars and coffee for the most part. A slight bit of fruitiness and oats are present as well.

Feel is pretty full bodied, lots of carbonation, maybe too much IMO. it all settles into a fry finish with a lingering twinge from the carbonation.

This one's got good flavor, but it's not too well rounded, falls into the realm of average.

Photo of Chaz
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium pour produces a two-fingered medium-dark tan head. Head is very dense and tight, creamy/frothy, with good duration and lacing. Deep dark brown, almost black, and opaque. Notes of espresso and cocoa on the nose, along with roasted dark malts, a touch of lactic tang and a touch metallic. Big roasted malt notes on the first sip, followed by a creamy middle and roasted, chocalatey notes rounding it out at the finish. A bit of bitter green apple in there, but it's buried under the espresso notes. Colony Oatmeal Stout posesses the character of a sweet stout, and in fact is on the sweet side: think of a rich, milk chocolate confection or a really, really good chocolate malt at your favorite retro Malt Shop and you're on the right track - personally I love this one. The bitterness is rather mild, but it is there all the same. Not quite medium-bodied, but not exactly thin, either. Definitely smooth and creamy and with very good drinkability, it is also brewed with a lager yeast and as such this brew could make for the basis of an excellent Baltic Porter. My favorite brew from Millstream, I could drink this one all-day long - would love to try it one draught!
Served chilled, in a tumbler.
Purchased at Sid's (Dubuque, IA) as part of a sampler-pack

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Prune, coffee and grain on the nose. Pours bright black under a 1” finely bubbled tan foam cap. The palate starts with grain, chocolate, light coffee, and fruit. The roast is fairly mild and the beer starts with a little sweetness but dries out with a hint of sour on the finish. Above average carbonation and a medium full body. Very easy to drink.

Photo of giblet
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured almost totally black into the glass. smooth black with rich creamy head of about three eights inch of head. a bit less head than expected. rich roasted earthy malts in the smell. taste is very rich chocolate coffee roasted malt. quite a yummy stout. i am going to let the other five age till fall cuz drinking this full bodied stout is a bit much for ninety degree summer weather.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Starts out really nice. Beautiful roast coffee smell when opened. Pours a deep black body under a thin tan head. Taste is very roasty, too, but I also get the big sour orange taste other raters mentioned, followed by a punch of Coca-cola. Taste does settle out to a nice creamy oatmeal stout, but the sour cola gets in the way. How could they got such a taste with a lager yeast?

I emailed the brewery and they suggested the off taste came from the fact that I had an 8-month old bottle; since they don't pasteurize their beer, that's past its prime. I will definietly buy more fresh beer and revise my review at a future date.

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 as part of a BOTM club selection. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Ink black-brown color w/ a light tan-1/4 inch head that dissipates leaves fast. No lacing.

S: Initial nose had roasted malt & nuts. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and slight coffee after a few heavy sniffs.

T: As pleasantly expected - dark, sweet malts & dark fruit (dates?) up front w/a dry spicy hop & coffee finish to it.

M & D: Awfully smooth consider the good carbs. Creamy yet lager-ish. A session beer for sure.

A fine lagered stout. Thanks to my buddy for the BOTM membership. I don't believe I would have been able to try any of the Millstream brews otherwise.

Well-played, Millstream.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a sexy, completely opaque black. No light passed through when I held it to my lamp. Three fingers of thick, tan head developed and slowly dissipated to leave a foamy lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: A mélange of dark chocolate, milk chocolate, a little toasted coffee, and hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O, like my mom used to make me when I was sick. Bill Cosby would be proud.

Taste: Much toastier than the aroma. The bitterness of toasted coffee malts is prevalent, but well balanced by the dark and milk chocolate. Even the hot, liquid raspberry Jell-O makes an appearance. The mouthfeel is thick and oh so deliciously stouty.

Drinkability: A solid stout and right down my alley. Loads of body and rich chocolate and coffee sensations. This one deserves a place on the mantel, dear.

Photo of EROCK75
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RandyKemka
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jwale73 for this bottle
A - Deep, dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan head falls to skim layer fairly quickly.
S - Nice roasty nose. Malt, coffee beans, brown sugar.
T - Very roasty, much less complex than the smell. little chocolate with a dry finish.
M/F - Medium body yet a little watery as well in the flavor. Active carbonation maybe a touch too much.
D - Pretty decent oatmeal stout. Don't love it yet certainly wouldn't turn it down if offered to me.

Photo of badbeer
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color, creamy tan head. Smell is of cocoa and roasty, with some hops perceived as well, nice, but could have been stronger. There seems to be some sort of sourness in the taste, but luckily the roastiness overpowers it quickly and leads you to a tasting of oats and cocoa in the finish. Lower carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. I could definately see myself having more of this, could be improved in some areas, but is a pretty good local stout. Worth trying if you come across.

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Millstream Back Road Stout from Millstream Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.